Newcastle United fans offered free matchday travel v Luton Town

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Newcastle United are offering free transport to fans for the Luton Town Premier League clash.

Newcastle United supporters are being offered free matchday travel ahead of the club's home clash with Luton Town on Saturday 3 February.

In an initiative between the Magpies and Newcastle City Council, fans are being encouraged to take advantage of free public transport to-and-from the match in order to heavily reduce the carbon footprint of matchdays.

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Available to all supporters three hours prior to kick-off, until the end of service, fans simply need to present their matchday ticket or season card when using public transport throughout Tyne and Wear, via The Metro or Arriva, Stagecoach and Go North East bus services.

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The weekend of free matchday travel also continues the following day, with ticket holders for Newcastle United Women able to take advantage of the same offer when Becky Langley’s Magpies challenge Wolverhampton Wanderers WFC at Kingston Park on Sunday 4 February, 2.00pm kick-off.

Helen Hughes, Sustainability Manager at Newcastle United, commented: “We’re thrilled to offer sustainable travel alternatives for our supporters, saving people money and also raising awareness of sustainable travel options that will benefit individuals and our city.

“At Newcastle United, we believe that small enhancements can lead to significant progress and everyone has an important role to play in minimising our carbon footprint. We are always looking at ways in which we can improve on reducing our carbon footprint.”

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The travel initiative across 3-4 February builds on Newcastle United’s partnership with local authorities and transport operators, having established the popular ‘Magpie Mover’ scheme which provides season ticket holders with unlimited travel on the metro, bus and ferry during home matchdays, at a cost of just £25 per season.

Public transport links form a key part of the matchday sustainability approach at St. James’ Park, reducing congestion and improving air quality around the city centre during busy periods.

Cllr Marion Williams, cabinet member for a Connected, Clean City at Newcastle City Council, added: “We’re proud supporters of football in our city and delighted to be able to join Newcastle United in promoting this fantastic initiative.

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“This is all about celebrating and promoting greener and more sustainable matchday travel and we’re keen to see as many supporters as possible taking advantage of this free travel offer for the weekend’s home matches for both the men’s and the women’s teams.

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“We hope this will help to encourage more people to use public transport for matchday travel in future, which will not only ease congestion on our roads but will also help to reduce harmful air pollution and cut carbon emissions, which are having a damaging impact on our health and the wider environment.

“We know that NUFC fans are proud of their club and of their city and, together with Newcastle United, we’re asking supporters to do their bit and help make our city cleaner, greener and healthier.”

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